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LUXURY HOTEL INSIDER

 
FSA LogoThe Luxury Hotel Insider: Exclusive luxury hotel deals, features and special rates from the luxury hotel experts at Five Star Alliance. 
 
Named one of Tripbase's Best Luxury Travel Blogs for 2011, below are Five Star Alliance's newest articles featuring exclusive information on luxury hotels worldwide including special offers and deals at the world's best hotels.

Hotel Shangri-La, Santa Monica Reopens in October After Big Makeover


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Hotel Shangri-La, Santa MonicaAt long last, the iconic Santa Monica landmark will reopen after a dramatic, $30 million renovation. This Art Deco beauty is perched on a high bluff on Ocean Avenue with endless views of the Pacific. Within walking distance to the Santa Monica pier, shopping promenade, and expansive beaches, the Hotel Shangri-La is reopening its doors in October 2008. Dating from 1939, the exclusive hotel has been a Hollywood favorite and popular hideaway for insiders. What's in store? Sweeping ocean views from every one of the 71 rooms, state-of-the-art technology, a courtyard pool with cabanas, chic rooftop bar, and a gourmet restaurant. Introductory rates are starting from $265.


Buzzworthy: Langham Hotels Will Open Vineyard Resort and Spa, Waiheke Island, New Zealand


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Langham Place Vineyard Resort and Spa, New ZealandFans of Langham Place, a sister brand of The Langham, will be thrilled about this piece of news. The luxury hotel operator, Langham Hotels International, has just signed a management agreement with Isola Estate for a five-star boutique hotel on Waiheke Island, an exclusive enclave 30 minutes off the coast of Auckland. (Just 8 minutes away by helicopter.) Opening in 2010, the Langham Place Vineyard Resort and Spa will be designed by CDA Architecture, one of the leading hotel architects in NZ, as a Tuscan-style property nestled among 26 vineyards. Talk about the ultimate wine-lover’s paradise in the South Seas! In addition to the 76 condo-style rooms and suites, the wine-based resort will have a Chuan Spa, gym, tennis courts, gastronomic restaurant, and meeting and banquet facilities to accommodate 300. The idea? To create a Martha’s Vineyard of the South Pacific.


Free Room, Food and Spa Treatments at Hotel Esencia, Playa del Carmen, Mexico


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

EsenciaTo honor the birthday of its founder (an actual Italian Duchess), the Hotel Esencia is going wild and giving guests a free night of lodging, dining, and spa treatments galore on August 24, 2008. This chic, 29-room hotel is nestled on the sugar-white beaches of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula just south of Playa del Carmen, and once served as the exclusive beach-side retreat of the Duchess D'Ferrari. The atmosphere is positively indulgent: luxurious accommodations with the finest linens and Molton Brown amenities, gorgeous pools, organic spa, exquisite Meso-american-style cuisine, and a beautifully manicured estate. Book the Duchess's Birthday Party Package and you'll get the free night's lodging, food, and spa treatments on August 24. Priced from $525 per night; four night minimum stay required. Via Washington Post


St. Regis Hotel Planned for the Rapidly Growing City of Dubai


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

DubaiThis just in: St. Regis is planning to enter the hotel craze in Dubai with a hotel and branded residences to open in 2012. As if the Middle East's hot spot needed any more uber-luxurious hotels. To quote the official press release:

Following in the tradition of the legendary The St. Regis New York, The St. Regis Dubai will feature the famed hallmarks of St. Regis hotels including the iconic St. Regis Butler Service, bespoke guest experiences and luxury accommodations tailored to global travelers. Trained in the English tradition, the butlers provide ever-present, yet unobtrusive service while anticipating guest and resident needs and customizing each stay according to his or her specific tastes and preferences.

Overlooking Dubai Creek, The St. Regis Dubai and The Residences will feature 220 guest rooms, including 44 Junior Suites, and 80 branded residences as well as three top-notch restaurants, two bars, a fitness center, swimming pool, shops and more than 4,500 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space.


Luxury and Value Together at Last at Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach


By: Editorial AdvisoryBoard

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach CancunA Cancun property that just may have it all, white sand beaches, gorgeous pools, nine restaurants and bars, is the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach. It is also an all-suite hotel that has received a AAA Five Diamond rating and is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. If you reserve any of the resorts ocean front suites, you will have a view of the ocean all the way to the famed Isla Mujeres. The hotel is also located in Cancun's nightlife and shopping areas, so guests have a range of things to do from relaxing on the sand to having fun in town. Rates are starting from 254 USD.


Naladhu’s 5 Day Spa Journey in the Maldives


By: Betsy LeTourneau

Naladhu ResortI can hear it now, the rhythm of the waves rolling on the sand, the rustle of the palms, and the singing of the birds as they land in paradise. Naladhu Maldives 5 Days Spa Journey Package offers not only the sounds of Paradise at your door but the unique and intimate spa retreat that is sure to bring that complete sense of well being. Each spa day begins with a pre-spa yoga session followed by a signature spa treatment. A consultation is conducted by a certified ayurvedic doctor to prescribe a personalized ayurvedic healing. Your stay includes 5 nights in a Naladhu Ocean House, daily breakfast, round trip speed boat Male International Airport transfers, and 5 days of spa indulgence. Start your stay with the a Jetlag massage sure to get you in that relaxed state. This is not just any spa retreat.

Special Offer from Five Star Alliance: Guests who make reservations at the Naladhu Resort with Five Star Alliance will receive a complimentary bottle of Champagne, a Dolphin safari, and late check-out subject to availability.


Plan Your Summer Escape and Save with Edgewater Beach and Hotel Club


By: Madelyn Giblin

Edgewater Beach HotelEnjoy the calm oasis of the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida with Edgewater Beach and Hotel Club. With one and two bedroom suites available, guests will surely enjoy these exquisitely decorated accommodations with access to beaches along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Room rates start at $175 per night, and guests who book a two or three night stay receive a $50 resort credit. Guests who book a four or more night stay receive a $75 resort credit. Enjoy breathtaking sunrises and the beauty of the Gulf.


The Luxury Hotel Boom in Ft. Lauderdale: Trump International and W Hotels Ready to Debut


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

W Fort LauderdaleNever mind that some airlines are stopping service to Ft. Lauderdale as a way to cut costs. The luxury hotel scene continues to boom on the sandy beaches of South Florida. Case in point: the brand new Trump International Hotel and Tower, Ft. Lauderdale, ready to open its doors in October 2008. Soaring 25 storeys above the sand, the 298-room hotel will boast breathtaking views of the Atlantic from the oversized windows. Jumping on the signature bed bandwagon (like Westin's Heavenly bed), the condo-hotel will feature the new Trump by Stearns & Foster Plush Pillowtop, the exclusive sleep system of Trump Hotel Collection. Other facilities include five-star dining, the 5,000 square foot Spa at Trump, state-of-the-art fitness center, and roof deck with a mosaic-tiled pool. A nice perk will be the signature services of Trump Attaché. Also slated for October? The W Fort Lauderdale, overlooking the sand and surf on one side, and the intercoastal waterway on the other.


Summerfest at Loews Hotels: Value-Added Credits like “Dive-In Movies,” Pool Concierge, and Free Music Download Cards for Teens


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Don Cesar Beach Resort, A Loews HotelTake your hats off to Loews. The hotel chain has come up with a slew of activities for the whole family to enjoy this summer. City hotels, like the popular Loews Regency just 2 blocks from Central Park, spoil guests with "Loews Loves Kids" extras, free music download cards for teens, and "From our Family to Yours" family value dining menus. Plus, book a 3-night minimum stay between June 1 and September 30, 2008 at Loews Best Rate at the Loews Regency and you'll receive a $100 hotel credit redeemable at The Library, 540 Park, Feinstein's or room service. The Summerfest Package is also available at these locations: Washington DC, Annapolis MD, Denver, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Montreal.

In resort locations, your family will be treated to sunset celebrations, wacky water games, Kids Camp, "Dive In" Movies and the services of a pool concierge. So whether you're going to San Diego, Santa Monica, Tucson, Las Vegas, Florida's St. Pete beach, or Miami, you're bound to enjoy the most memorable summer getaway ever!


Fourth Night Free in the Turks and Caicos at The Regent Palms


By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Regent PalmsEnjoy a Caribbean holiday for less in the idyllic Turks and Caicos islands, a quiet paradise of sugar-sand and azure waters just a hop from Miami. Formerly known as The Palms, The Regent Palms Resort offers the height of luxury at the edge of 12-mile Grace Bay beach. Suites are generously sized with custom mahogany furniture, and from your private terrace, you'll appreciate the ocean views. By the pool, indulge in aromatherapy mists, tropical sorbet and individual iPod minis. (Service is superb and the staff includes Clefs d'Or concierges.) The 15,000 square foot spa is no less luxurious. Through October 31, 2008, take advantage of fantastic rates and a fourth night free special offer at The Regent Palms. If you arrive on a Sunday or Monday for a three-night stay, you'll get a fourth night thrown in for free, and rates start at just $325, significantly less than high season prices.